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Technology, Accessibility & Transportation

Every day there are new devices, services and software geared toward the burgeoning population of elders—most of whom reportedly want to remain at home in the community. But which “smart home” technology actually works to help elders remain home longer? What’s the latest in volunteer car sharing or green building near transportation hubs? What about co-housing for women living alone? How long can someone with dementia remain on their own? At what point can older adults no longer drive? Our members are in the field testing models and passing the results along to you. Check this topic page often, as this realm is ever-changing. 


Online Learning: ASA members have free access to all web seminars. 

Network on Environments, Services and Technologies for Maximizing Independence: The Network on Environments, Services and Technologies for Maximizing Independence (NEST) brings together professionals working with older adults who have lifelong and late-life physical, sensory and/or cognitive disabilities and whose ability to function independently is threatened or compromised.


Aging in America 2012 Call for Proposals Deadline -- Extended to July 5 @ 6pm PDT

Event Date: 
07.05.2011 12:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Short Description: 

Deadline to submit a proposal to present at the 2012 Aging in America Conference

Full Description: 

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Submit before 6pm PDT on July 5

If you have a best-practice program, area of expertise, research or innovation you wish to share with more than 3000 professionals in the field of aging, the Aging in America conference, scheduled for March 28-April 1, 2012 in Washington, DC, is the place to do it. 

Regional Networking Events

Regional Networking Events are opportunities for ASA members to meet in person to discuss local trends, projects, initiatives and recent developments in aging. Some topics that have been addressed in the past include: Reframing Aging, Self-care for Professionals in Aging, Livable Communities, What's New in Dementia Resources, Technology and Aging and then local matters like, Aging Policy in Illinois and The Bridge Model. These generally take the form of informal presentations by local experts in aging and/or representatives of the aging population themselves.

Preparing Community-Based Organization Leadership Teams to Tackle Health IT Challenges

Event Date: 
09.18.2018 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
Samuel J. Simmons NCBA Estates Community Room
Address 2: 
2801 14th Street, NW
Short Description: 

ASA Washington DC Roundtable

Full Description: 

The American Society on Aging (ASA) Presents a Briefing

Preparing Community-Based Organization Leadership Teams to Tackle Health IT Challenges

This Roundtable has been funded by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), through a grant from the Administration for Community Living (ACL). 


When:   Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  8:30 am to 12:00 noon
Where:  Community Room
  Samuel J. Simmons NCBA Estates
  2801 14th Street, NW
  Washington, D.C. 20009

This location is two blocks from the Columbia Heights Metro Station.
Refreshments will be served. This event is free-of-charge, however, registration is required. Registration link.


The landscape in services to improve the quality of care for older adults and persons with disabilities by community based organizations is prompting a new business model emerging around us. Your organization’s future and financial viability will rely in part on mastering this new knowledge, and adapting to new ways of delivering on your mission. 

This educational program is designed to help you and your CBO overcome one of the biggest challenges in this transformation – the major challenges and obstacles presented by data and technology management. This program is another building block in the work being done by the Aging and Disability Business Institute to help you and other CBO leaders build and strengthen partnerships between community-based organizations (CBOs) and the health care system. 

This three hour program design includes presentations and discussions with experts and practitioners working to advance the use of technology to capture and report data that ultimately demonstrates improved overall health and well-being of older adults and persons with disabilities.  We encourage the participation of CBO leadership teams, and individuals are welcome too, to hear from CBOs and industry partners who are working on strategies for data collection and exchange. Participants will learn about the process for deciding what data is actually needed by their organizations and they will hear from experts on resources that are available, or soon will be available, to guide teams through the process of capturing the work of social services into measureable and understandable data components that will translate into reimbursement for services delivered.

  • Think through the technology needed to demonstrate improved social determinants of health outcomes to health care contracting entities
  • Articulate organizational information technology needs
  • Understand funding and IT development resources that can assist with the needed technology and point to creative resources that could reduce costs/offer in-kind contributions 


Ginna Baik
Long Term Care Business
CDW Healthcare
Lincolnshire, IL

Leigh Ann Eagle
Living Well Center
for Excellence
MAC, Inc
Salisbury, MD

Elizabeth Palena-Hall
Long-Term and Post-Acute
Care Coordinator
Office of the National Coordinator
for Health IT, DHHS


8:30–9:00 am 

Registration and Networking  All 

9:00–9:05 am 

Program Introductions  ASA and n4a

9:05–9:45 am

Today’s IT Barriers and Roadblocks for CBOs
Voice of the Users)

Leigh Ann Eagle

9:45–10:45 am 

What Do You Want Your Technology To Do?

•Understanding Advances in IT software development in Industries outside of aging services that may be available for adaption
•Creating a Customized Request for Proposal that meets individual CBO needs
•Ranking Needs in Order of Importance
•Identify who in the IT industry to begin conversations and learn what might be available to assist in adapting current technologies or building software systems  

Ginna Baik

10:45–11:00 am 


11:00–12:00 noon

Opportunities for Health IT and Interoperability Advancements for CBOs

•Understanding policies and emerging interoperability standards relevant for CBOs
•Describing Medicaid funding opportunities to further interoperability across the care continuum
•Highlighting examples of states and communities that are leveraging clinical and service information to support person-centered care

Elizabeth Palena-Hall


REGISTER TODAY! Registration is free, and requested, to attend. For assistance, contact Jutka at

The American Society on Aging (ASA), San Francisco, Calif., is the largest nonprofit, multi-disciplinary, non-partisan membership organization of professionals in the field of aging. Founded in 1954, ASA’s mission is to develop leadership abilities, knowledge and skills to help professionals address the challenges and opportunities of a diverse aging society. Now in its 64th year of service to the field, ASA has more than 6,000 members, subscribers and stakeholders. For more information, visit

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is a 501c(3) membership association representing America’s national network of 622 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and providing a voice in the nation’s capital for the more than 250 Title VI Native American aging programs. The mission of n4a is to build the capacity of its members so they can better help older adults and people with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible. 
n4a leads the Aging and Disability Business Institute (Business Institute). The mission of the Business Institute is to build and strengthen partnerships between aging and disability community-based organizations and the health care system. For more information, visit
The event is made possible by Grant Number 90PPBA0001 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Blancato Testifies on Capitol Hill on Behalf of Elder Justice Funding

posted 04.26.2018

ASA Immediate Past Chair Bob Blancato testified before the House Appropriations Labor-HHS Subcommittee today in Washington, D.C. on FY19 funding for elder justice programs. The transcript from his testimony is below, and you can also watch the hearing in the video below. Bob's testimony begins approximately 18 minutes into the video.

The Impacts of Climate Change Take a Heavier Toll on Older Women

posted 04.09.2018

By G. Adriana Perez

The outsize impact of climate change on older women should be a national health priority for clinicians, scientists and professionals working in public health. Women account for 56.7 percent of adults ages 65 and older in the United States, and at ages 85 and older, they outnumber men by a ratio of five to two. Because women continue to outlive men, most older women live alone and may depend upon their social and community networks for assistance.

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Disaster Preparedness & Elders: There’s Room for Improvement

posted 04.09.2018

By Lisa M. Brown

During 2017, 15 major natural disasters occurred in the United States. Differences exist be­tween these types of disasters in terms of extent (e.g., timing, duration) and impact (e.g., loss of life, loss of community). The interaction of extent and impact influences how peo­ple prepare for future disasters, how they evacuate and how they experience and recover from such events.

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Tax 'Reform' Puts Elders & the Safety Net At Risk

posted 04.09.2018

By Kevin Prindiville

Even a few months into 2018, policymakers, reporters, economists, accountants and ordi­nary Americans are still working to understand the impact of the tax law that Republicans passed in a mad rush at the end of 2017. Little attention, however, is being paid to how the new law affects older adults.
The following are three things about the new tax bill that should worry advocates for older adults:

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Broke, But Not Broken: Baby Boomers & Their Not-So-Golden Years

posted 04.09.2018

By Elizabeth White

I know you, I know you,” he says, this man I have never seen before. “Aren’t you that woman who’s …” and his voice trails off. I can see he’s searching for just the right word. “Who’s broke,” I say, holding his gaze. His face lights up. “That’s it, that’s right,” he says,” heartily shaking my hand. “I saw you on TV.”

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